We want to send this update on what we know so far regarding the organizing of the Presbytery’s response to this week’s tornado and how you and your churches can assist those in need, either financially or hands-on.
We have applied, on behalf of the churches that have requested assistance, for an Initial Assistance Grant from the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) in the amount of $7,500. This is a one-time grant (per disaster) that will enable us to provide initial financial assistance to those who have requested it.
We have received several generous offers from within the Presbytery and from our neighboring Presbyteries of financial support to those devastated by the tornado here in Middle Tennessee. We’ve received requests from churches who would like to collect a special offering, as soon as this coming Sunday, to offer needed financial assistance.
If you wish to make a financial contribution for Tornado Relief in the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee, you may send your gift to the Presbytery and we will oversee the distribution of those funds to those places of real need.
You can also donate to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance which has been activated for help in our region: https://pda.pcusa.org/situation/tennessee-tornadoes/
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is another recommended organization for your donation. The Community Foundation covers all the areas within our presbytery that have experienced tornado damage. Visit the Emergency Response Fund.
If you would like to volunteer your time, explore the opportunities available at Hands On Nashville: https://www.hon.org/calendar
To donate resources, non-clothing items can be brought to the Community Resource Center. Their website also includes an updated list of needed items.
Please continue to keep us updated as news becomes available about your church and community. If there are specific persons, families, or areas of need for which you’d like to request prayers from your presbytery family, please let us know that as well.
Ray & Robin Thomas
Presbytery of Middle Tennessee